Poems And Speakers


  • Read “To a Daughter Leaving Home,” by  Linda Pastan, on page 526; “Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, on  page 559; and “My Last Duchess,” by Robert Browning, on pages 692-694.
  • Read pages 509-516 for information about the different kinds of speakers in poems.
  • Answer the response items in the next section.
  • Type your answers, and then save them as a Word document.
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Response Items:

  • Select one of three assigned poems, and use complete sentences when responding.
  • Identify the speaker of the poem.
  • Identify two personality traits associated with the speaker, and quote lines from the poem that reveal those personality traits.
  • Include a parenthetical reference at the end of the sentence with a quotation and a works cited entry for the poem.